What’s On Your Plate in the Pantry Challenge?

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This month I’ve challenged myself to make the most of what we already have. The challenge has only been in full force for about a week. That holiday weekend and the accompanying trip out of town kinda threw a wrench in my plans. And I do confess to stocking up on a few really good sales that I’m not likely to see for awhile.

But, other than that, we’re eating what we already have, and I’ve returned to cooking some old familiar favorites instead of an experiment every day. My daily log of feeding my family during the challenge is over here.

One practice I’ve been using more often is home baking. I appreciate store bought breads and rolls, but during the challenge I’ve made an effort to make more of my own. This has not always worked out the way that I had hoped. Case in point:

This was supposed to be bread to go with soup one day at lunch. The crater is actually much, MUCH deeper than it looks in the picture. We ended up slicing off the ends and turning the rest into croutons and bread crumbs. Not exactly what I had planned, but it works.

We’ve had homemade scones, cornbread, pancakes, waffles, rolls, and bread so far this month and hardly made a dent in my flour supply. So, we’re good to go. As I type I’ve got this dough going in the bread machine to make sandwich rolls for our lunches. I was tempted to have hubs stop for bread on his way home from hockey practice, but opted to, you know, make the most of what we have.

That’s the beauty of a pantry challenge — it makes me use my noggin — and what’s already in the cupboard.

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  1. I shared my baked zucchini strips this week. I served with with creamy homemade ranch dressing (you can find it on the link as well). I forgot the step of patting them down with a paper towel so mine came out a little limp. Next time I’ll let them drain longer and then pat them down. Otherwise they were excellent!

  2. I bet the croutons were yummy as well. I love challenges like that. It does make you use your noggin and some awesome recipes and fun memories comes out of that.

    Thank you for hosting. Today I am sharing my Faux Spaghetti sauce.

  3. I forgot to post this for you earlier. I have a fool proof bread machine recipe. seriously, i’ve made it 1000 times, never fails. you should try it!

  4. I’m sorry the bread didn’t turn out quite right. Do you have any idea why the crater happened? Well, croutons are always good, too 🙂 I need to start making more homemade bread again!!! Love and hugs from Oregon, Heather 🙂

  5. Hi Jessica,
    Its nice to be back here once every week..I brought my Hot Taco Salad.Thanks for hosting and sharing.

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